M. Malleswara Rao
HYDERABAD: The State Meteorological Centre (SMC) at Begumpet airport here will shortly get a Doppler radar, the state-of-art weather-forecast equipment already working in Visakhapatnam, Machilipatnam and Sriharikota, in the State for accurate prediction of cyclonic storms and other extreme weather conditions.
Hyderabad (SMC) has been selected along with 11 other cities for installation of Dopplers as part of a project taken up by India Meteorological Department to upgrade equipment at all its meteorological centres.
The other cities are Bangalore, Mumbai, Patiala, Lucknow, Patna, Mohanbari, Agarthala, Paradip, Nagpur, Goa and Karaikal.
The Dopplers are being procured from Beijing Metstar Radar Company Limited, China, while for Mumbai and Bangalore, they have been provided by Bharat Electronic Limited. M. Satya Kumar, Director, SMC, told this correspondent here on Tuesday that work was in full swing on the building at Begumpet airport to accommodate the Doppler.
In case of Sriharikota, the Doppler has been made by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in collaboration with IMD.
The Doppler being proposed to be installed in Hyderabad, will have a range up to 500 km in contrast to 400 km of conventional radar.
It will provide information relating to several parameters, unlike the conventional one.
In case of cyclones, it will be able to detect the radial velocity of winds within the eye of the cyclonic storm, its spectral width, intensity and accurately predict its future path.
All the places lying within 500 km of Hyderabad will benefit from this facility.